EUR Fellowship

EUR Fellowship 2017

EUR Fellowship

Dr H. H. (Hieab) Adams

Erasmus MC, Department of Epidemiology/ Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Translating ‘big data’ into clinical improvement of neurodegenerative diseases
‘Big data’ has provided us with new insights into the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Even so, patients are still receiving the same type of clinical care. Dr Hieab Adams seeks to use new statistical methods to use data sets providing information on cerebral imaging and genetics – MRI scans of the brain that consist of millions of measurement points, for example, or tens of millions of genome variations. The objective is to be able to translate study findings into clinical treatment methods more quickly. 

Dr P. L. H. (Pieter) Bakx

Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management

The results of increased spending on health care
What comes out of extra spending on public health care? And which patients benefit from this increased expenditure? Dr Pieter Bakx wants to answer these questions by researching recent changes to policy. The results of his research will allow government authorities and health insurers to make judicious decisions regarding the size of the health care budgets. In addition, it will become easier for these parties to make substantiated choices as to which care the budget is best spent on.

Dr B. (Bram) van den Bergh

Rotterdam School of Management

Making smart meters smarter: how feedback frequency, reference points and metric affect value sensitivity
By examining people’s responses to feedback about energy consumption, Dr Bram van den Bergh aims to increase our understanding of how and why feedback works. His research will focus on the determinants of enhanced comprehension, as well as the motivational effects of quantitative information. For example: “You consumed 256 kWh.” He hopes his study will contribute to maximised energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

Dr J. D. (Jess) Bier 

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

Where data stream and cargo flows

Dr Jess Bier investigates how new technologies are transforming trade practices in the Port of Rotterdam and beyond, thus affecting global labour inequality. The Port of Rotterdam is a global leader in shipping that increasingly relies on data and ‘smart’ technologies. These technologies make the shipping industry more efficient, but also potentially promote the inequality of trade networks.

Dr J. M. (Jane) Cramm 

Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management

Co-creation of chronic illness care
The number of people with chronic diseases is rising at an astonishing rate. To meet their needs, a patient-centred approach, by which professionals and patients co-create care delivery together, is urgently needed. This EUR fellowship will provide new insights and recommendations on how co-creation of chronic care in the primary care setting can be improved. Moreover, with this project we will better understand (and have evidence of) the benefits of co-creation of care for chronically ill patients.

Dr J. (Jolien) Grandia 

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

Decentralised procurement of care? 
Nowadays, Dutch municipalities are responsible for the provision of youth and home care. To provide clients with such care, municipalities procure goods and services – walkers or dyslexia training, for example – from healthcare providers. A well-designed procurement process allows municipalities to improve their performance when it comes to providing this care. Dr Jolien Grandia examines which factors inform municipalities’ decisions in the procurement process and how this affects their performance in the provision of care.

Dr M. (Marco) Medici

Erasmus MC, Department of Internal Medicine 

Personalised care for patients with a thyroid disease
Despite treatment, millions of patients with a thyroid disease worldwide are affected by debilitating residual symptoms. In addition, these patients are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and mortality. This is due to the fact that it is currently impossible to predict the optimal thyroid values for individual patients. The objective of this project is to predict these values on the basis of – among other things – unique genetic markers and other individual patient characteristics. This project is expected to lead to personalised care for patients with a thyroid disease.

Dr W. (Wendy) van de Sande

Erasmus MC, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

The development of a madurella mycetomatis grain model    
Mycetoma is a tropical disease characterised by severe deformation. Since there is no genuinely effective way to treat the disease, many patients (who tend to be their families’ breadwinners) are forced to undergo amputation. The search for a more effective treatment is hampered by the fact that the microorganisms in the body protect themselves by forming a grain that is hard to penetrate. Dr Wendy van de Sande intends to copy this grain in a laboratory setting, thus allowing us to develop more effective medication in future.

Prof. mr. dr. drs. J. (Jeroen) Temperman

Erasmus School of Law

For or against corporate religious freedom?
In pluralist societies, corporate religious freedom can come in conflict with other fundamental rights. For example, a secular company may want to keep religion out of the workplace – leading to its decision to prohibit employees from wearing religious dress. Or corporate piety can collide with LGBT rights – when a company’s management does not accept individuals whom it believes have “sinful” sexual orientations as employees or clients. Mr dr Jeroen Temperman is examining these and other human rights collisions within today’s private sector from a combined legal, comparative and philosophical perspective.

Dr A. (Athina) Vidaki

Erasmus MC, Department of Genetic Identification

Identical but not the same: differentiating identical twins in forensics
DNA profiling for individual identification is considered the ‘gold standard’ in forensics. However, it is not an effective source of information in cases that involve identical twins, since they have the same DNA profile. As a result, there are almost 300 unsolved criminal cases in the Netherlands that involve identical twins. Dr Athina Vidaki, who specialises in epigenetic profiling for medical and forensic applications, is developing new methods to better understand twin-to-twin DNA differences and implement them into forensic practice.